Directory Replicator Service

Directory Replication Service is a Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000 service for replicating files and folders over the network.

What is Directory Replicator Service?

A Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000 service for replicating files and folders over the network. The Directory Replicator Service simplifies the task of updating key network configuration files needed by all users, such as system policies and logon scripts.

You can also use directory replication to load balance between multiple servers when a large number of users need access to specific files or folders.

Graphic D-26. Directory Replicator Service.

How it works

The Directory Replicator Service replicates files from an export computer to an import computer. The export computer must be running the Windows NT Server operating system, but the import computer can run Windows NT Server, Windows NT Workstation, or LAN Manager for OS/2 servers.

The files and folders to be replicated must be placed in subdirectories of the REPL$ administrative share located at %SystemRoot%\system32\repl\export. (The export folder is shared when the Directory Replicator Service is started using the Services utility in Control Panel.) These subdirectories are automatically exported to the %SystemRoot%\system32\repl\import directory on the import computer.

Use the Windows NT administrative tool Server Manager to configure directory replication.